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    Word to Your Mother

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    "Word to Your Mother" - Vanilla Ice Monday was a big day for me. For the first time in over three months I was able to collect my mail from my Post Office box. Read along for a bit of context… During the first weekend o...

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    Work Life Integration

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    It is not often that switching out one word for another makes such a big impact on me, but that has happened. Let me explain… I was asked to write this blog on work-life balance. I’m honestly not the best model for that as Preside...

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    Hemocytometer White Blood Cell Count

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to perform a manual white blood cell count using a hemocytometer. This procedure is infrequently used due to the technology available to many hospitals, but is a good skill to have i...

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    Fixer to a Leader

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    CEO of DoveLewis, Ron Morgan, and Monica Maxwell, SPHR, team up on this lecture to talk to Managers about the importance of moving away from the “fixing” mentality to become a great leader. This course has been approved by...

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    Is There a Cure for When You’re a Workaholic?

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    Is there a cure when you’re a workaholic? I am a workaholic. I come from a long line of focused, hardworking people who lived their lives with determined energy. And honestly, for many of my ancestors before me, this drive was...

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    Respiratory Distress: Emergency Treatment

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    When faced with a patient in respiratory distress or arrest, the timing of patient assessment and intervention is critical. First one must determine if the patient is in respiratory arrest, regardless of the underlying cause....

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    Never Stop Learning

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    This is a mantra here at atdove.org. It’s one of the main reasons for the development of this website and why I have spent the last 5 years working to create the videos and articles found here – because I believe so strongly that...

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    Removing a Needle from a Cat’s Soft Palate

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    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, shows radiographs of a cat with a sewing needle lodged in her tongue and soft palate, and then demonstrates her strategy for removing the needle safely.

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    Spring Weather Preparedness

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    Spring Has Sprung! Watch Out for Wild Weather! Tornadoes, lightning, floods, rip currents and early season heat - spring dangers rampage across the United States throughout March, April and May. And there’s one hazard tha...

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    Getting Started with Dental Charting

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    Becky Smith, CVT, VTS (Clinical Practice), of Rose City Veterinary Hospital discusses the importance of dental charting, how to get started with dental charting in your practice, and the different abnormalities to chart in canine...

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    Client Call Backs

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    Joanie Abrams, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses how client call backs are performed at the hospital and our philosophy for follow up in the ER.

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    How We Keep Our Dogs From Barking

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    We’ve been doing yoga, coloring sheets, having healthy snacks, and taking extra time for ourselves because it’s self-care month at DoveLewis. But there’s one topic that’s got us all talking: our shoes! So w...

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    My Fear of Wellness Month

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    Let’s start with the basics: I’m new to my employer and have been with the company for 90 days. I’ve been put in charge of spearheading Wellness and Self Care Month for our 115 employees. Now the complicated factors: I do not c...

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    Fractured Canine Root Canal

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    VCA Raleigh Hills Dental Center’s Rebecca Martin, DVM, performs a root canal on a fractured canine. The process of performing a root canal is covered as well as reasoning behind each decision made along the way.

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    Are You Taking Dental Radiographs?

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    It’s dental month so let’s talk about a touchy subject. Dental radiographs,  YES, you need to be taking them. Dentistry is kind of the red headed stepchild in veterinary medicine; it gets less attention and is kind of an afte...

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    Hemoabdomen in the ICU

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    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discusses the medical treatments of a dog that presented to the ER with an acute hemoabdomen. Stabilization prior to surgery, anesthesia, and post-operative stabilization are all covered.

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    But I Swear She’s Sick!

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    The rumors are true. In a momentary (that seems to have lasted a few weeks) lapse of judgement I made and followed through on the decision to add a puppy to my life. Losing Phoebe so quickly and without warning was quite shocking...

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    Serotonin Syndrome

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    A 5-year-old spayed female 22.7kg Standard Poodle presented for evaluation due to mental alteration and abnormal breathing. The owner revealed that approximately 11 hours prior to presentation the dog had ingested a bag containing...

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    Liver Punch Biopsy

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    Ashley Magee, DVM, DACVS, demonstrates how to get a punch biopsy of the liver on a dog that was undergoing a laparotomy and splenectomy.

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    ETCO2: What Every Technician Should Know

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    Chantal Faraudo, CVT, CVPP, provides a practical overview to using end-tidal CO2 monitoring in practice. She covers different types of equipment, what ETCO2 is telling us, how to troubleshoot problems with our patients, and why th...

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    Albuterol Administration

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to administer inhaled medication (in this case, albuterol) to a cat that has been diagnosed with asthma.  

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    Root Canal Discussion

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    Rebecca Martin, DVM, from VCA Dental Center Raleigh Hills discusses a case about a dog presenting with a fractured canine tooth. Dr. Martin shows and talks through the radiographs of this tooth and describes her thought process fo...

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    Skin Cytology

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    Veterinary Dermatologist, Jon Plant, DVM, DACVD, of SkinVet in Portland demonstrates multiple methods of obtaining samples for skin cytology looking for bacterial contamination of the skin.

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    In Memory Of…

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    I’ve been a technician working in emergency medicine for a long time. I have worked on some amazing patients and seen diseases and traumas and broken animals gleefully skip out the front door; proud of my team and our success. I h...

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    Splenectomy

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    Ashley Magee, DVM, DACVS, performs a splenectomy on a dog that presented to the hospital with a hemoabdomen. The procedure of removing the spleen, in this case using a LigaSure™ to aid in hemostasis and speed of procedure, and the...

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    Wellness Program

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    DoveLewis Wellness Program coordinators Enid Traisman, CT, MSW, and Josey Kinnaman, CVT, discuss the staff benefits of a coordinated hospital wellness program and the steps DoveLewis has taken to improve the wellness options for e...

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    Veterinary View of the Holidays

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    The memes have started: pancreatitis- turkey bone- foreign body removal- chocolate toxicity. It’s how we know the holiday season is upon us. Of course these memes are funny, because they are true. During the holidays, we see an in...

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    A Winter’s Tale: Ethylene Glycol

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    Given the recent overall trend for a drier but very cold winter season, ethylene glycol as an intoxication may become more prevalent in our metro area. Ethylene glycol can be found in numerous car fluids (motor fluid, brake fluid,...

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    Tiny Talk - ETCO2 in Anesthesia

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    In this Tiny Talk, Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses end tidal CO2 and why it is important to monitor in anesthetized patients. Understanding what that value means to the patient and tips for keeping it within the normal r...

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    Phone Triage

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    Monica Maxwell, SPHR, sits down with Client Service Representative, Kaitlyn Sanborn, to discuss how the front desk handles phone triage and when to involve the technician team with answering medical questions over the phone....

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    Aural Hematoma

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    Ashley Magee, DVM, DACVS, drains and repairs a severe and chronic aural hematoma in a Weimaraner. Different repair techniques are discussed and stents are used in this particular patient.

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    Gastric Ulceration

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    Gastroduodenal ulceration is a common pathology in people with numerous etiologies. There are a few different classifications of gastroduodenal ulcers in people. They are based on differentiating the location and/or cause of th...

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    Be Open to Learning

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    One of the things I’ve personally learned in my 12 years at DoveLewis is how important staff training, education and solid protocols are in building and maintaining a successful veterinary hospital. I also think the vital ro...

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    Feline Bladder Palpation

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to palpate a bladder in cats. This skill is useful for potential urinary obstructions as well as prior to cystocentesis.

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    Dating at Work

    Views: 2,975 - Comments: 1

    DoveLewis Director of Human Resources Monica Maxwell, SPHR, discusses how to handle employees who are dating each other. The topics of consent forms, guidelines for behavior at work, and supervisors dating employees are covered.

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    Art Therapy

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    Enid Traisman, CT, MSW, discusses the benefits of art therapy to veterinary staff, and describes how DoveLewis has instituted art therapy for employees.

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    Thorascopic Partial Pericardiectomy

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    An 11-year-old male neutered golden retriever was referred to Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital for surgical management of idiopathic pericardial effusion.  The dog was originally diagnosed in February 2012 (22 months...

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    Clotting Times

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to obtain blood to perform a PT and aPTT bedside clotting tests in a dog.

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    GDV: The Surgeon’s Perspective

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    Ashley Magee, DVM, DACVS, covers gastric dilatation-volvulus from presentation to post-operative recovery. The majority of her talk focuses on the surgical correction of GDV including splenectomy, gastrectomy, and detailed instruc...

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    Tiny Talk – GDV The First 15 Minutes

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), talks about gastric dilatation volvulus and how to approach these patients in the first few minutes of their arrival at the hospital. Shock, perfusion, pain management, and basic diagnostics are cov...

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    Present Tense

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    It’s a quiz on Facebook. It’s a plot point in every time travel movie. The thought of it might keep you awake at night. Do you want to know the day that you’ll die? Do you want to plan? Have time to travel? Spend all of your money...

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    Management of Open Fractures

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    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discusses the basics of emergency treatment for open fractures. Initial patient care, pain management, and wound care are discussed.

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    Burette Use

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses the advantages of using a burette in the ICU and how to add medications to a burette for patient administration.

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    Lowering Inventory Costs

    Views: 7,043 - Comments: 4

    Inventory is a large expense and can also be a large loss if it is not monitored properly.  Sales of pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, surgical supplies, and vaccines are a sizable source of revenue for veterinary hospita...

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    Late Night Phone Call

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    I spent my whole life, fighting myself That I can’t win so I'm inviting some help  -2Pac One day at a time Several weeks ago I had a late phone call from one of my colleagues at DoveLewis. I almost didn’t answer the p...

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    Staff Recruiting

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    Monica Maxwell, SPHR, discusses tips for successful staff recruiting including where to advertise, interviewing tips, and reference checks on potential employees.

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    Cleaning Exam Rooms

    Views: 14,676 - Comments: 6

    DoveLewis technician assistant, Amy Lacey, describes the procedure for cleaning an exam room before the next patient arrives.

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    Finding Your Management Strengths

    Views: 5,019 - Comments: 2

    Monica Maxwell, SPHR, discusses the strengths and weaknesses of different personality types and how they affect both communication and management. Finding your strengths and recognizing your weaknesses as a manager can propel you...

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    Severe Pododermatitis

    Views: 4,262 - Comments: 0

    In this video, Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, describes a case of severe dermatitis in a dog in the ICU. Diagnosis and treatment of this care are discussed. 

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    Canine Bacterial Cholangiohepatitis

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    Clinical case A 9-year-old spayed female 9.1 kg American Eskimo was referred for further evaluation of elevated liver enzymes. She was initially seen by her primary care veterinarian with an acute history of vomiting and diarrh...

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